Rangiroa Island Travel Guide and Deals

The second largest atoll in the world with more than 240 motus in the lagoon, and is so large it could fit the entire island of Tahiti in the middle of it!

350km north east of the island of Tahiti lies the largest atoll in French Polynesia, Rangiroa. It is the second largest atoll in the world with more than 240 motus in the lagoon and is so large you can fit the entire island of Tahiti in the middle of it! Flights to Rangiroa take just an hour from Tahiti.

Rangiroa is the most visited atoll of the Tuamotu archipelago. Thanks to its infinite lagoon, Rangiroa offers a good range of water activities, from line or drag fishing, to visiting black pearl farms or fish parks. Rangiroa is not only blessed with divine beaches and a turquoise lagoon but it has a vibrant underwater world and is a mecca for the world’s divers.

Pensions are in abundance in Rangiroa and are a great way to connect to the locals and benefit from their inside knowledge of the best places to visit! If you are looking for touch of luxury then the Kia Ora Resort enjoys a breathtaking location lagoon-side including Overwater Bungalows.

We love that Rangiroa’s lagoon is teeming with marine life, the diversity is astounding! It is not uncommon on a snorkelling tour in the Tiputa pass to see dolphins, sharks, sea turtles, rays, and of course schools and schools of fish!

Rangiroa will suit those travellers who love diving and snorkelling as it offers some of the best diving in the world with lagoon, pass, reef and ocean drop off dive sites. It is also a perfect destination for those seeking a turquoise lagoon a little more off the beaten track than the Society Islands.

Rangiroa Island FAQs

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Where is Rangiroa located?

The largest atoll in French Polynesia is located 350 km northeast of Tahiti.

How do you get from Tahiti to Rangiroa?

The easiest way to get to Rangiroa is through a direct flight from Tahiti that takes 55 minutes to an hour. But Rangiroa is also reachable by boat from the other atolls in French Polynesia.

Is Rangiroa a populated area?

Rangiroa has about 2,600 inhabitants.

What can I do during my stay in Rangiroa?

Rangiroa’s different passes, lagoons, and reefs are havens for marine life. The island is known as one of the top diving spots.

Swim with dolphins, manta rays, and a kaleidoscope of marine life below the surface. You can also enjoy other activities such as snorkeling above the coral gardens, and going on a package tour to sight-see through the different islets.

Where can I stay in Rangiroa?

There are resorts and beach bungalows near the Tiputa Pass that offer easy access to the airport.

For a more immersive experience in the atoll, you can stay at an overwater bungalow or rent a private villa with dedicated staff, including a personal chef.

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